They’re some of the safest vehicles on the road. They haul a lot of kids. The seating and cargo space is uber flexible. They generally get better mileage than sport utes. Some of them even get going pretty quick from a stop sign. But, let’s face it, they still don’t handle like a car and even the coolest vans have a soccer mom stigma they can’t escape. So, what about the trendy mom or dad that wants something sporty enough to be the envy of all the minivan drivers in the school pickup line? Something a little smaller to get into that parking space and gets better fuel economy than a typical midsize SUV?
Look no further than the Acura TSX Sport Wagon. It seats five in a perfect combination of performance and refinement. At an estimated 22mpg city and 30mpg highway (25mpg overall), it even gets better fuel economy than compact SUVs like Honda’s CRV. That’s even a hair higher than that ubiquitous all-wheel drive wagon that I see everywhere around Chicago (we used to own one of those ourselves). The 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine has a very nicely tuned growl during acceleration. With 201 horses, the TSX wagon gets moving quick enough if you floor it, and more importantly, it also stops quick and handles those corners far better than your average minivan or SUV. After all, crash avoidance is a key to overall safety, something that will be the emphasis of this review!